Hate reporting on Prophet Bushiri’s Mzuzu Conference: Sunday Times

I just finished reading an article in the Sunday Times by one Mandy Pindani in which he reports that people (two people that he interviewed) are complaining and questioning why anointing water, anointing oil and other spiritual things are being sold at the ongoing conference in Mzuzu. I couldn’t stop laughing. After years of training as a journalist, he felt this was an idea newsworthy.

Major 1: Bushiri at his miracle crusade in Mzuzu

Major 1: Bushiri at his miracle crusade in Mzuzu

More shocking though is the fact that the paper has managed to give this trash some space. It tempts one to rate the paper as such too: trash. No no no, I know Sunday Times. It is not what this journalist is making it look like.

What happened to ethics of journalism where stories are supposed to be balanced? The reporter talks to two people (whose existence we can argue whole day here) who complain that mineral water is being sold at K250 instead of the shop price of K200. He is complaining of a K50 difference. And to Sunday Times, this is news.

At the same time, the article only quotes these two names without seeking views from the organizers. What type of reporting is that? All in all, tell me which church in the world gives free spiritual things. I have been to Roman Catholic and I used to buy Rosaries, Pope and Mary’s portraits. Aren’t these spiritual materials? Everywhere you go you will find that spiritual things are being sold, because the churches need money for a reproduction of such things.

If spiritual things were free, I bet everyone should have received the bible. It’s only St Egidio and a couple of NGOs that give free bibles and such charity organizations are heavily funded. In short, the gospel of Jesus Christ is for free, but the means through which the gospel is spread are not for free.

Just for the stage of the crusade, the organizers had pay a whooping K5 million to Jai Banda. That’s just part of the costs. Think of publicity, logistics and some other equally important expenditures. Sunday Times just flopped big time.

And the article talks about the prophet only meeting those who can pay a sum of K10000, quoting the two as the sole reason they have failed to meet him in person. Yet this is a conference that has attracted a multitude, and some feel it’s practical for him to meet everyone in person. Really? There are things we don’t have to waste our time on. One such thing is the impracticability of this cry, plus the K50 difference bluff.

For Sunday Times, I feel there is always next time. When that next time comes, I pray Sunday Times will consider doing better as a number one priority. It is too big a paper to allow for publication of stories that lack journalistic maturity.

As for the writer, he is well trained I suppose. He should know stories have different angles: some deliberately twisted to suit orders from whomever one serves. But, for the sake of intellectualism, it would do him good if he considered some more positive angles. It doesn’t hurt switching sides. Thousands of foreigners are in Mzuzu for the crusade now, and let us exchange their forex with good coverage of the event they are here for. They used Malawian airlines to get there, and they are spending nights in our hotels. A lot of them have rented cars, and they are definitely using our mobile networks for communication too.

Who knows? After the conference, some might decide to refresh themselves with the waters of Lake Malawi. Some might want to feel the cold breeze of Mulanje Mountain. Do not let our envy drive them away. Negative publicity even where there’s no negativity is something else. Focus on the economic benefits of the conference if the spiritual side is something you can’t handle.

Take after Nigeria. It benefits a lot from the multitudes that visit it for SCOAN. Instead of wasting time discrediting men of God like Prophet Bushiri, we should as a country focus on the bigger picture. Let us all work together in helping our men and women of God attain their goals while their works scratch our economy’s back.

Our country needs to develop in all aspects. It is only through responsible journalism that this can be achieved. Again, it is my prayer that both The Sunday Times and its journalist will reconsider their angle for the good of the nation. What you gave us on Sunday was total trash.

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victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi
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victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi

I agree with the contents of this article. It’s completely impractical to get things free just because they are religious. Who will pay for the COSTS. If you love your religious life you have to divert money from your luxuries and other things and fell the pain for it. No church gives out things free. Be talking about our national/tax money which politicians ang government officials waste.

Keen Observer
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And to whose benefit Sulungwe writes or wrote this article?

Real Prophet
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I tell you all people, repent and come to Jesus. Soon He is coming to take what is His. The wealth of this world will not save us. You will be told what your ears want to hear. But this I tell you as commanded by God to do so. Jesus, our savour alone!!!

Bernard Keenly Jodi Chirambo
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Uyo wandapulikiske, manyiyekha.

wa RASTEL
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ONLY GOD KNOWS THE TRUTH……….. just conctrate on your own savation otherwise muzingokangana za ziiiiiiiiii

mejustme
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I do not know what this Silungwe man is on about.

Winston Msowoya
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As a human being after more than 2000 years ago of prophetic history,I would not be pushed into believing that Bushiri is a prophet.However,it is not a strange phenomenon in Malawi.Hastings Banda was widely known as Wamuyaya and Mesiah and astonishingly,people believed it.If Bushiri is indeed a Prophet,why couldn’t he warn Malawians of the coming tragic floods in the south? I strongly believe that Bushiri is one of those who are exploiting the weak minds of our people to enrich himself in the name of God.In the Bible Jesus said: Time will come when people will use my name to… Read more »
festus mso
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We dont know ,that we dont know.All spiritual materials that man has laid his hands on, are to be sold.Only salvation by Jesus is for free.

Billy
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SURE THE GOSPEL OF JESUS IS FREE BUT WHAT MAKES THAT GOSPEL TO GO TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD IS NOT FREE THINK OF HOW PROPHET CAME FROM SOUTH AFRICA DID THIS RUBISH JOURNAL PAY FOR HIM ,GO FOR BID BLESS PEOPLE MAN OF GOD WE ARE WTH YOU IN PRAYER HERE IN THYOLO PRAY FOR THIS MALAWI AMEN

kwake nkuluma
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Silungwe Just Showed That He Is More Inept Than The Journo He Is Bashing. People Of His Ilk Who Cant Handle Dissent Have No Place In This Society. It Should Have Been Easy For Silungwe To Know That In Spiritual Matters, Economic Gain Becomes Mundane. I Know Of Journos Worth Their Salt, And Certainly Silungwe Is Not One Of Them.

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